Claridges London Christmas Tree Party 2018
Once upon a time DVF, Edward Enninful and Claridges gave a party.
Every hotel in London is proud of its Christmas Tree and every hotel has an unveiling, a press call, a launch, a party or other event. In fashion terms, Claridges is the key event, since fashion and Claridges goes together like Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy, Donatella Versace and Blonde or Burberry and Check.
So, when my navy and gold invitation for a “Zodiac Party” arrived hosted by Diane von Furstenberg and Edward Enninful, Editor in Chief of British Vogue, requesting me to come to celebrate Diane’s “The Tree of Love”, with a dress code of “Festive Glam”, I started sorting my wardrobe weeks ahead in anticipation.
The tree itself is as usual placed and shimmering in the stairwell of the marble floored lobby entrance of the hotel. Sparkling up into the sky with 8,000 hand painted leaves and globes it features amazing Art Deco inspired animals. In its haze of blues and silver it resembles an illustration by the great Edmund Dulac. Its magical appearance echos its title and the mysteries of the zodiac and the night sky; the same sky Santa Claus happens to fly through on his sleigh.
As we entered the reception area for the party, we were able to pose for photographs on a giant silver crescent moon, surrounded by star signs on a midnight blue ground. Then it was time to grab the first drink of the evening and also reach for our phones to start snapping away at the glamorous crowd.
The party itself was a fabulous affair featuring tables named after the zodiac signs, and a great dance band The Soul Jets, with singer Charlotte Lawrence, a magician extraordinaire- David Blaine, and an avalanche of fashion faces, all ready to enjoy themselves. Alexa Chung, Joan Collins, Natalia Vodianova, Susie Menkes, Erin O’Connor, Jourdan Dunn, Paloma Faith, Sophie Dahl, Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York, Laura Bailey, Virginia Bates, Jasmine Guinness, Sam McKnight, Roland Mouret, David Downton, Jeremy Corbin, Jack Guinness, Eric Underwood, and many others all eating, drinking, chatting, posing and dancing the night away.
On our exit Shelley van Strunkel, who was also amongst us, had prepared separate cards for each sign of the zodiac for the coming year as well as the characteristics of each. All in all, the perfect launch for another incredible Claridges tree, following on from previous year’s tree creations by Karl Largerfeld, Christopher Bailey at Burberry and John Galliano.
Christmas may now officially start; not just for the fashion crowd but for anyone passing Claridges in the coming weeks.
Oh yes, and in case you were wondering, I chose finally to wear a navy velvet jacket over a crisp white dress-shirt, navy and black brocade trousers, with blue velvet slippers accessorized with vintage Christian Lacroix cufflinks.
Have a very happy Christmas.